The Oregon Historical Society
  • Library
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Oregon Historical Society offers a generous benefits packages for qualified employees. The package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance. Participation in a 401K with match. Paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave with floating holidays. Society membershp with a subscription to OHQ. And more!

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library seeks an experienced librarian to advance access to its collections by providing strategic direction and stewardship for the library's online catalog and print collections, as well as excellent public service at the library reference desk. Successful candidates will have proven competency in ILS management, cataloging, and collection development, and knowledge of American history and archival research methods.

To apply, please submit your cover letter addressing your qualifications for this position along with a resume.  For consideration, you must include both a cover letter and resume. You may attach multiple docments to your submission.

The Technical Services Librarian manages the library online catalog and is responsible for cataloging, collection development, and preservation of print materials, including books, serials, and government documents, for the Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library. This position also provides research assistance at the library public service desk. 
This position is exempt with an anticipated full-time schedule of 40 hours per week. This position qualifies for participation in the OHS benefits package.  This position does not provide relocation assistance.
  • Manages, develops, and assesses the library's integrated library system (EOSI) to maximize resource discovery. Provides authority and quality control for bibliographic records. Works with IT and vendors to coordinate upgrades and service to the online catalog and other cataloging utilities (OCLC).
  • Manages print collections, including books, serials, and government documents. Develops, recommends, implements, and documents policies, procedures, and standards for cataloging, assessing, and preserving print materials, according to accepted library procedures, recognized standards, and best practices.
  • Provides direct research assistance at the library public service desk, responds to reference inquiries and conducts research in library collections as needed.
  • Catalogs print materials in the library's online catalog and OCLC. Provides other cataloging support as needed.
  • Provides support to all library cataloging activities to assure consistency and compliance with library procedures and best practices.
  • Identifies print materials for acquisition. Oversees periodicals and standing orders.
  • Reappraises print materials and recommends necessary actions, including conservation and deaccessioning.
  • Works with Library Director and other staff to develop print cataloging priorities, projects, and proposals.
  • Coordinates and participates in library special projects, as assigned by Library Director.
  • Oversees volunteers and interns by providing direct supervision, training, and mentoring.
  • Participates in professional organizations in order to maintain knowledge of developments in the field.
  • Reports progress to Library Director on a monthly basis and as needed.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Required education, skills and experience for this position include but are not limited to:
Master's degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent) from ALA-certified program or a master's degree in history with archival training or equivalent academic training and/or experience.
  • At least three years of professional experience in technical services, special collections or archive in a historical society, academic, research, or public library.
  • Working knowledge and direct experience in managing integrated library systems and demonstrated understanding of trends in the ongoing development of such systems and related emerging technologies and systems.
  • Demonstrated experience cataloging print materials, including books, serials, and government documents.
  • Expertise in nationally recognized cataloging procedures and practices, preservation management, general library operations, and collection development. Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in the library field.
  • High level of proficiency in cataloging using Library of Congress, Dewey, and SuDoc classification tools; Resource Description and Access (RDA); Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS); MARC format; and Online Cataloging Library Center (OCLC).
  • Strong content knowledge of US history and historical research methods, especially the use of archives.
  • Experience working with researchers and conducting research in a library setting.
  • Knowledge of copyright, donor restrictions, and permissions issues relating to digital and analog archival collections and library materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to service excellence.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem solving, and time-management skills.
Preferred education and experience includes:
  • Experience with EOSI ILS and OCLC Connexion.
  • Knowledge of MarcEdit and XML.
  • Familiarity with map cataloging.
  • Bachelor's degree in history or related discipline.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest and Oregon history.
  • Knowledge of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's collections and procedures
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write grants and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software. Must be adept at using various applications including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, etc.), OCLC Connexion and other cataloging modules, and integrated library systems. Proficiency with using online resources, such as Google and other search engines and Library of Congress Authorities is required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds unassisted.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The employee is regularly exposed to airborne particles such as dust.
This position requires travel up to 5%.  Must be willing and able to work a flex schedule to meet the demands of the position. 
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